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Unbend definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

UNBEND', v.t.
1. To free from flexure; to make straight; as, to unbend a bow.
2. To relax; to remit from a strain or from exertion; to set at ease for a time; as, to unbend the mind from study or care.
3. To relax effeminately.
You unbend your noble strength.
4. In seamanship, to take the sails from their yards and stays; also, to cast loose a cable from the anchors; also, to untie one rope from another.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: straighten up or out; make straight [syn: straighten, unbend] [ant: bend, flex]
2: unfasten, as a sail, from a spar or a stay
3: free from flexure; "unbend a bow" [ant: bend, deform, flex, turn, twist]
4: make less taut; "relax the tension on the rope" [syn: relax, unbend]
5: become less tense, rest, or take one's ease; "He relaxed in the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work" [syn: relax, loosen up, unbend, unwind, decompress, slow down] [ant: tense, tense up]
6: release from mental strain, tension, or formality; "unbend the mind from absorbing too much information"

Merriam Webster's

verb (unbent; -bending) Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to free from flexure ; make or allow to become straight <unbend a bow> 2. to cause (as the mind) to relax 3. a. to unfasten (as a sail) from a spar or stay b. to cast loose (as a rope) ; untie intransitive verb 1. to relax one's severity, stiffness, or austerity 2. to cease to be bent ; become straight

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. (past and past part. unbent) 1 tr. & intr. change from a bent position; straighten. 2 intr. relax from strain or severity; become affable (likes to unbend with a glass of beer). 3 tr. Naut. a unfasten (sails) from yards and stays. b cast (a cable) loose. c untie (a rope).

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Unbend Un*bend", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Unbent; p. pr. & vb. n. Unbending.] [1st pref. un- + bend.] 1. To free from flexure; to make, or allow to become, straight; to loosen; as, to unbend a bow. 2. A remit from a strain or from exertion; to set at ease for a time; to relax; as, to unbend the mind from study or care. You do unbend your noble strength. --Shak. 3. (Naut.) (a) To unfasten, as sails, from the spars or stays to which they are attached for use. (b) To cast loose or untie, as a rope.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Unbend Un*bend", v. i. 1. To cease to be bent; to become straight or relaxed. 2. To relax in exertion, attention, severity, or the like; hence, to indulge in mirth or amusement.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(unbends, unbending, unbent) If someone unbends, their attitude becomes less strict than it was. In her dying days the old Queen unbent a little. VERB: V

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Straighten, make straight. 2. Relax, slacken, remit, recreate, take recreation, be diverted, be amused. 3. (Naut.) Unfasten, untie. 4. (Naut.) Cast loose, untie.

Moby Thesaurus

abate, bate, bend, disentangle, ease, ease off, ease up, extend, flatten, give, give way, let down, let up, let up on, loose, loosen, loosen up, mitigate, put straight, rectify, relax, relent, remit, set straight, sit up, slack, slack off, slack up, slacken, slake, slow down, smooth, stand up, straighten, straighten out, straighten up, submit, unbrace, uncurl, unkink, unlax, unsnarl, unstrain, unstring, unwind, yield



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